What was simply supposed to be just another tour for the release of a new record ended presenting Caetano Veloso with a tough series of challenges. "Errante Navegante" (Wandering Heart) ... See full summary »
Fernando Grostein Andrade
In the ghettos of the greatest metropolis in Brazil, a midst flying bullets, love and any number of hurdles, young people's stories mingle and collide in the search for dreams and choices. ... See full summary »
Fernando Grostein Andrade,
Jean Luis Amorim,
The ironic, heartbreaking and acid "saga" of a spoiled tomato: from the plantation of a "Nisei" (Brazilian with Japanese origins); to a supermarket; to a consumer's kitchen to become sauce ... See full summary »
A small community of descendants of Italian immigrants in the interior of the state of Rio Grande do Sul resorts to making a video to try to solve the problems of basic sanitation that plague their village.
Eduardo Coutinho was filming a movie with the same name in the Northeast of Brazil, in 1964, when there came the military coup. He had to interrupt the project, and came back to it in 1981,... See full summary »
Tite de Lemos,
Based upon the true story of Olga Benário, the German-born wife of Brazilian communist leader Luís Carlos Prestes. During the dictatorship of Getúlio Vargas (1930-1945) she was arrested and... See full summary »
Boy tries to help his uncle, guilty of a murder case, to prove his innocence. He thinks the uncle has confessed the crime as a cover-up for his girlfriend, who was the wife of the dead man.... See full summary »
A simple yet devout Christian makes a vow to Saint Barbara after she saves his donkey, but everyone he meets seems determined to misunderstand his intentions. Will he be able to keep his promise in the end?
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this groundbreaking new documentary uncovers the UN sanctioned war on drugs, charting its origins and its devastating impact on countries like the USA, Colombia and Russia. Featuring prominent statesmen including Presidents Clinton and Carter, the film follows The Global Commission on Drug Policy on a mission to break the political taboo and expose the biggest failure of global policy in the last 50 years. Written by
If it ain't working, we need to figure out some other strategy.
"Breaking the Taboo" ("Quebrando o Tabu") is one of the best documentaries I have seen that is critical of the so-called war on drugs. A few others I've seen were too long or sought huge and impossible to implement social changes (such as a total redistribution of the wealth). However, this one seems very reasonable in its approach and has the distinction of including many world leaders, past and present, to speak their mind about the failed drug policies.
The bottom line is regardless of your views on drug laws, it's pretty much impossible to argue that they are working--and the film does an excellent job in discussing the negative impact of drug interdiction and tough drug laws. And, while you may not agree with everything in the film, it does make you think and realize something should change. Well made and intelligently written.
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